Last City Council Meeting of 2014

Well 2014 came and went pretty quick. It was a year that was full of tasty tid bits that promise to carry over into 2015 and beyond.

Tuesday’s meeting will include the following:

Swearing in of a new council member – Ed Scott

Presentations from the following groups:

1. International Association of Chiefs of Police/Motorola Webber-  Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement-Police Chief Tony Farrar

2. Presentation-Rialto Firefighters Breast Cancer Awareness Donations and Impact-Fire Captain Matt Blanco

3. Presentation-Rialto Community Coalition-Michael Townsend

(This presentation will be a update on the Rialto Community Coalition’s highly successful #Sober Skater event)



4. Resolution Recognizing Retirement-Rialto Board President

Joanne T. Gilbert-Mayor Deborah Robertson

The tab items include Easements, Grant writing, Sale of land approval for a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and Approving the next year of the Security Guard Contract.


Interview with Rialto PD SCAT Sgt

Three weeks ago rialto Police released a Press Realease on a major sweep they did that targeted tagging crews in the City of Rialto. We wanted to get some first hand knowlwdge from a source close to the investigation so we reached out to Rialto Sgt. Andy Shrouds.

Which crew was responsible?

We do not release the name of the tagging crew because that is exactly what they desire; the publicity. If we were to release the name, then they would gain notoriety and status within the tagging community.

What portions of the city were their tags most widely done?

The vast majority of the tagging has taken place in the central portion of the city. Along Foothill Blvd. between Pepper and Cactus, and north and south from Baseline to Merrill.

What other agencies or resources were uses to make these arrests (school district, local businesses, community)?

We had manpower assistance from the San Bernardino County Probation Department in the form of 8 officers. We also acquired valuable intelligence from  Rialto Unified School District Safety Officers.

Can you speak to recent issues where graffiti was not removed even though it was called in?

I have not personally heard of any instance where graffiti was not removed if it was called in, bet then again, we are not responsible for the removal of graffiti.

Rails to Trails Update

Hello Rialto Now fans and readers. A few weeks ago we posted an article about Rialto’s portion of the Rails to Trails project. We had hard questions about safety and ability to properly maintain the space without letting it look like other common walkways that have been known to become litter and grafitti filled. Well we had a meeting with Lt. Andy Karol & Lt. Bill Wilson and we learned alot about the dedication and attention this project will get.

First off we used stats from we did this because at meetings with neighborhood watch captains in the recent past we were told that this was a good way to get a idea of what is going on around you. Well in our meeting we found out that these stats are far from acurate and most of the time change once officers arrive on scene and investigate a call the outcome is diffrent than what was logged on the crime mapping website. We were given reassurances that the grafitti was not a common issue and would be removed right away. When asked why it took so long to remove we were told that the graffiti was left up as a investigative tool to obtain information used to effect a large amount of arrests tied to tagging crews in the Rialto Area.

See our interview with Sgt. Shrouds here:

Crime isn’t perfect in that area but it has gotten better with the city cleaning up and taking over multiple low income housing areas. With the passing of the new tank farm fuel storage tax that will bring in additional revenues that the city can use to increase safety and security in the area. Talks include stronger partnerships with RUSD public safety department and bringing the sworn bike patrol back.

Long story short the Police Department is dedicated to making Rialto a safe place to live, work and play.

On the issue with the access to the schools we agreed to disagree. Apparently RUSD hired former Rialto Police Lt. Joe Cirilo to give the district a idea of where they are weak and strong in their safety and public safety. This causes me to ask who brokered this deal because our interactions with Joe Cirilo were nothing positive and many times he acted more like a bully than a public servant.